Saturday, January 5, 2008

Irony at it's Best

The State of Wisconsin has implemented, as I blogged before, a digital list of tax delinquents throughout the state to be posted on the internet. Guess who showed up on the list?

Madison - The co-chairman of the Legislature's budget committee was stunned Friday to learn that his name was on the state Department of Revenue's newly expanded Internet list of delinquents who owe $5,000 or more in unpaid taxes.

"This is news to me," said Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona), who was listed as owing $5,776 in unpaid income taxes. "I thought it had been taken care of."

And as if they didn't learn anything this time around, legislators are talking about implementing a shame list for individuals who owe child support:

In a related development, state Rep. Steve Wieckert (R-Appleton) said Friday he wants to change state law to post the names of anyone owing more than $500 in unpaid child support on the Internet site.

About $2.8 billion in unpaid support is owed by about 263,000 parents to more than 500,000 children in Wisconsin, Wieckert said.

"That is an enormous amount of money," Wieckert said in a prepared statement that noted the success of the Revenue Department's Internet list in getting tax delinquents to pay up.

I'm not even going to bother debating this one (sigh).


Jo Egelhoff, said...

I hear you David and understand your objections to posting of tax or child support delinquents. Can you argue, however, with the success of the tax delinquent site?

1000 Needles said...

I will agree that it is useful in getting people to pay the taxes, but ends do not always justify means. In any case, I blame the complexity of the tax code that often subjects people to this list, and favor a system that would not be so cumbersome and easy to screw up. In any case, support or not support, I find the irony of a politician being on the list quite hilarious.